The Tour de France drops the lawsuit against the woman who caused an accident
Posted On July 4, 2021
The Tour de France has withdrawn the lawsuit it brought against a fan who caused a huge crash in the early stages of the race just a day after the fan was arrested by French police, according to Reuters.
Although the 30-year-old – who has not been identified – may still face criminal charges and other lawsuits, the Tour de France is ready to move on.
“We withdraw our complaint. This story has been disproportionate but we want to remind everyone of the safety rules on the race,” Tour director Christian Prudhomme said via Reuters.
“If you come on the tour, you hold your child, you hold your pet, and you don’t cross the road carelessly. And most importantly, you respect the riders – they are the ones who deserve live TV.”
Fan finally arrested after causing crash
The fan was finally found in Brittany, France on Wednesday after investigators asked the public for help in locating her. The woman first flew after the crash and was then nowhere to be found, reports said. Police, however, found her still inside the country on Wednesday and arrested her.
She faces charges of unintentional injury and endangering the lives of others, and could face up to two years in prison.
The fan was holding a cardboard sign and posing for a camera with her back to the pack of runners on Saturday when one of them hit her and fell to the ground. As the biker group was so crowded, it caused a huge pile-up.
The riders all stopped in protest for about a minute on Tuesday in the fourth stage of the race because of the crash as well, in a bid to protest safe racing conditions.
The Tour de France will run until July 18.
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